Favorite Recipes

Two Of My Favorite Soup Recipes

Hearty Veggie/Pasta Soup

I’ve always been a soup lover. For me, there’s just something very comforting about a warm, hearty bowl of veggie soup.

This recipe also has an option for adding pasta to the ingredients.


2 – 32 ounce boxes of sodium free chicken stock/broth

1 – 28 ounce can of sodium free diced or crushed tomatoes

1 – 14 ounce bag sodium free frozen mixed vegetables or peas and carrots – cooked in the microwave – until tender

1 – 14 ounce can sodium free diced or whole potatoes – cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon salt

* Optional *

8 ounces – dry Orzo pasta – cooked separately until tender (you can substitute another pasta – just be careful not to add too much cooked pasta – since the pasta absorbs some of the broth)

Combine ingredients in soup/stock pot

Heat or store in refrigerator – to save for individual servings/leftovers – which are microwavable

Prep time: 30 minutes

Quick & Easy Potato Soup

I also have another favorite – with a very sweet story behind the recipe – that I prepare in the microwave, one bowl at a time.

Many years ago, several decades to be exact, I was in a laundromat with my kids, where I met an older lady who began talking about her hometown of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

She also shared her recipe for what she called, ‘Poor Man’s Potato Soup” – an easy, inexpensive version of traditional potato soup.

I’ve been making my own version, with a few Eastern European modifications (my heritage), for the past thirty five years.

Ingredients for one eight ounce bowl:

1 cup milk – whichever type you prefer – or 1 cup half and half – for a creamier base

2 -3 tablespoons dry instant potatoes – depending on the thickness you prefer

1 can – diced potatoes – or whole potatoes cut in small pieces

1 teaspoon unsalted butter or low sodium margarine


2 tablespoons low sodium sauerkraut (drained) – personal preference – that can also be used in place of the potatoes


combine ingredients in a microwavable bowl

heat on high for 2 – 3 minutes – depending on your microwave

Prep time: 15 minutes or less